Silver is a precious metal, known for its healing properties. It is said it can clean chakras, bringing peace and positive energy to the one that wears it. When associated with gemstones, it can amplify their properties. I bet the “every cloud has a silver lining” metaphor makes more sense now, am I right?
How it started
The first traces of silver date back to 3000BC. The first extractions took place in the area of Ancient Greece, the Greeks being the only suppliers of silver to the Mediterranean settlements. After Spain’s conquest by the Moors, the silver market increased significantly, many mines being opened in Europe, especially in the West. After the discovery of the American continent, the silver market exploded.
Since its inception, silver has been used for coins, tableware, religious objects and jewellery.
The art of silversmithing: from idea to product
“Genius without education is like silver in the mine.”
As the industry developed and more mines were opened, the art of silver processing evolved considerably. People’s fascination with silver has led to a flourishing of silversmithing.
The silversmiths are not using machineries, they are crafting in silver, creating what I like to call “silver sculptures”. In general, these artisans dedicate a lot of time and passion to creating each object.
The process of silver processing can be associated with the development of a child’s education. Each silver cut is like an advice. Any change to the material contributes to the final design, like each piece of advice can shape a child’s education, his personality. Silver processing is a complex process, the creator having an intimate relationship with his work. It is this process that influences the uniqueness of the pieces.
Silver is a very malleable and ductile metal. It can be easily transformed into a thin wire or other shapes. To avoid breaking, craftsmen are periodically heating the metal so that the metal changes its microstructure and become stronger. Silver is always modeled when it’s cold and it is always used in combination with other materials. To get the well-known, durable 925 silver, it is used in combination with copper.
Did you know?
- Silver has the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of all metals.
- Silver has an antibacterial action, being used to control infections by ancient civilizations.
- In alchemy, silver was associated with the moon, sea and various lunar goddesses.
About TJS Silver Jewellery
Silver jewellery is affordable, practical and always on style. If you’re looking for a distinct piece of jewellery made of high-quality silver, you’re in the right place. We’re committed to sustainability; therefore, we produce only small batches and work with artisans from India that use locally-sourced materials and traditional techniques to cut, polish, and process the silver.
Moreover, all chemicals used in silver processing are collected by authorized centers.
Since all our products are created by hand, each piece of jewellery has its own personality, impressing with its uniqueness.